The importance of the immune system in dogs

There is no question that the dog's immune system is exposed to a lot of stimuli every day. No wonder it needs to be well fed so that it can function at full strength every day. But how do we as owners know whether additional support is needed or whether the daily food, care and exercise routine is sufficient to maintain this high level?

You'll notice

If you know your dog well and always observe it carefully, you will quickly notice if something is wrong with its immune system. Decline in performance, dull coat, recurring respiratory or gastrointestinal infections are among the obvious symptoms that indicate a weakened immune system.

But before you resort to the various natural remedies that are touted to boost your immune system, please stop for a moment and think carefully about what you need. Because the support for a puppy looks different than that for a performance dog or an old representative of its breed. In the case of chronic or recurrent illnesses, you should first consult your veterinarian. Depending on the illness, supporting the immune system can even have the opposite effect.

Natural remedies please

Before you buy any preparations, the dog's intestinal flora should first be optimized. As with humans, the optimized immune system begins in the intestines. If the intestinal flora is strong and well supplied with blood, all kinds of pathogens and parasites find it difficult to break through the intestinal barrier. This can be supported by containing enough fiber in the food. If necessary, additional fiber such as grated carrots and apples, but also rice and potato flakes can be added to the food. Of course, there are also complete types of food available commercially that have a higher fiber content than others. Ask your feed store. You will be well advised, because the dog's well-being is often based on optimized food.

Yoghurt, quark and cream cheese

Yes, these three components are always in demand when it comes to intestinal health. They are able to optimize the intestinal flora and end flatulence, diarrhea or constipation. Plus, most dogs simply taste good.

You should also look for preparations that have an antioxidant effect. These include turmeric (please pay close attention to the dosage information!), pomegranate seeds and the natural sulfur flower, better known as MSM. Vitamin B complexes can also be used as a treatment. They support various organ functions so that a comprehensive effect on the organism can be achieved.

Are you unsure and don't dare to proceed independently? Never mind. Speak to your naturopathic veterinarian or animal health practitioner. He will give you the best advice – for the benefit of your dog.